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“Gorgeous, and we got engaged”

Cape Arago State Park
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Coos Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Olathe, Kansas
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73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, and we got engaged”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

This state park was a little difficult for us to find but once there was beautiful. The morning we went to the cape was foggy, a little windy, and quite chilly but definitely worth it. Once we got within the park grounds it was very easy to get along with their wide paved roads and a couple of areas to pull off for viewing. We went to the end of the paved road, got out to do a little exploring, and immediately heard what sounded like a huge group of sea lions!

There was a paved trail moving in the direction the sounds were coming from was we started there. Along the path (a little steep in a few places) were several beautiful lookouts and we did eventually see one sea lion swimming close to the coast hunting, but not the huge group.

After exploring a little and taking some of our favorite pictures from our trip we started on our way out. I was out and suddenly my fiancee yells, "There they are!!!" We pulled over to the side of the road and out in the bay (quite a ways away) was the very very large group of sea lions we had been looking for!

One of the main reasons we had for visiting the park was the Cape Arago Lighthouse which we were unable to find on our trip into the park because of the fog, but by the time we left the fog had lifted and we saw it in the distance. There was a pull off area with a little trail leading to a secluded bench and a great view. After carrying around an engagement ring for the weekend waiting for the perfect moment, this was it. With the lighthouse, beautiful scenery, and private moment it was perfect opportunity. By the way, she said yes.

The only drawback is that the beach is difficult to get to, so difficult that we decided not to try it, and it was a little difficult to find the state park initially. But if you're in the area I definitely recommend making the trip!

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Cody H
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Coos Bay, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great views”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Rugged beautiful and enchanting. A great place to check out the wave action and an even better place to watch storms come in.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Henry J
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Roseburg, Oregon, United States
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Cape of the sea”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Very rough water, not able to get to beach very easy. Beautiful to just view & enjoy from a far. A place where family could go & see & enjoy watching the water hitting the rocks.

1 Thank Karen S
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Los Angeles
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215 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Stunning sea vistas!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

There is nothing more dramatic than the rugged Oregon coast. As you wind your way up Cape Arago Highway, you'll pass by lovey Shore Acres Gardens, Sunset Beach, a very popular sea lion viewpoint, and finally Cape Arago itself. The park is located on a 134-acre promontory which juts half a mile into the ocean which offers beautiful views every which way you turn. There are two main trails available: the south cove, which leads to a sandy beach and tide pools, and then the north cove where you can go fishing or be on the lookout for other marine life including seals, sea lions and if the season is right, whales! There are picnic tables available along the trails and bluffs.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank hugs4u
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Albany, Oregon
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wildlife watchers wonderland!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Well worth the drive north from Bandon. Several state parks along the drive give many opportunities to stop and look for wildlife. Sealions, pelicans, harlequin ducks, grebes, perigrin falcon and osytercatchers start our list of sightings. Another "must return" from this trip.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Bingleysmom
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